Seafood and Wine Pairing 101: What Wines Pair Best with Seafood

Seafood and Wine Pairing 101: What Wines Pair Best with Seafood


Have you wondered what wines pair best with seafood? Learn about seafood and wine pairing and how to have a better food experience.

Seafood and wine make for a perfect combination for lunch or dinner meals. Many of us enjoy a glass of wine with our seafood, but may not know what wines work best with what dish. Wine flavors can bring out the best in food, and seafood is no exception.

We want to show you how to increase your flavor profile while giving you pairing suggestions to make for an even better dining experience, whether you are at home or out on the town.

White Wine (Dry)

Dry white wine like Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc pair best with fish like cod and tilapia. The earthiness of the pour enhances the flavors of these fish, and plays well on the palate. When you pair your cod or tilapia with the dryness and smoothness of these wines, you will be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant tasting experience.

Lemon Parmesan Tilapia

30-Minute Dinner, Dinner, Oven-Baked, Seafood

Lemon and parmesan take this tilapia dish to the next level.

Bacon-Wrapped Cod over Chickpea Sauté

30-Minute Dinner, Dinner, Seafood

Wrap your cod fillet in bacon for an irresistible dinner entree.

Soy-Ginger Steamed Tilapia

30-Minute Dinner, Dinner, Seafood, Stovetop

Spice up your dinner with this soy-ginger steamed tilapia recipe.

White Wine (Moderate)

For white wine that’s not so dry like Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, dishes with crab or lobster taste best. They both enhance the flavor of the wine while it helps to bring out the distinct nuttiness that both of these wines deliver.

We have two recipes with crab and lobster that you can enjoy with your next bottle of Pinot or Chardonnay, and we know you’ll get a kick out of these pairings.

Crab & Shrimp Boil

Dinner, Mardi Gras, Seafood, Stovetop

Try out this recipe at your next shrimp boil!

Red Wine

Red wine like Pinot Noir, Merlot or Zinfandel call for fish like salmon or tuna. The fruitiness and fresh taste of the wine is a great complement and tones down the “fishiness” of salmon and tuna getting too carried away.They also play well with the aromas and texture of the fish.

Pairing your red wine with these recipes will give you an experience you will want to relive over and over again.

Grilled Salmon with Mango Relish

Dinner, Father's Day, Grilling, Seafood

This is a delicious salmon dish topped with mango relish that can be added into your weeknight recipe rotation.

Grilled Tuna, Caper & Red Onion Bruschetta

Appetizers, Grilling, New Years

Try this take on bruschetta with grilled tuna, capers and red onion.

Maple-Dijon Salmon

30-Minute Dinner, Dinner, Good For You, Oven-Baked, Seafood

This maple-dijon salmon is a hearty and healthy dinner.

Rosé or Sparkling Wine

Rosés sweet shimmer best compliments seafood soups and dishes with grilled shrimp.

The charbroiled flavor from the shrimp makes for a foundation for which Rosé was made for—intriguing with light notes that play well with grilled perfection.

Try out these recipes for your next Rosé pairing.

Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp Salad

Father's Day, Grilling, Salad & Slaw, Seafood

This Vietnamese grilled shrimp salad is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

Grilled Shrimp, Corn & Tomato Rolls with Lime Mayo

Father's Day, Grilling, Lunch, Seafood

Lime mayo adds a balance between sweet and savory with Schnucks Grilled Shrimp, Corn & Tomato Rolls with Lime Mayo recipe.

While these are seafood and wine pairing recommendations, the best pairing you can create is one that you most enjoy and makes for a memorable dining adventure. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new flavor profiles–the possibilities are endless.